fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Waffle waffle waffle - I like this just fine, but in an attempt to distinguish whether I like it more or less than SNCA I just canNOT make up my mind. Good stuff to say the least and Iíve now had either 12 or 18 so I guess that alone says plenty.
LarvalChemist (29) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a crystal amber. A fluffy light amber head is very predominant. Visible signs of high carbonation.
Aroma is softly hoppy. Not too over powering. Some malt notes in there.
Taste is hoppy but not as biting as it could be. The bitterness is mellow and encompasses the majority of the tongue. Has a fairly long hop finish that spreads from the back of the tongue outwards. Mildly warming. Well balanced hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.
Overall and excellent and if not overly drinkable IPA.
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a faintly hazy, deep, dark amber body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Herbaceous, fresh-cut grass scent with a touch of citrus blanket the bolstered pale malts with a meager note of toasted caramel.
Taste: Pale maltiness with a light caramel sweetness and just the faintest bit of toastiness to it. Generous hop flavors of citrus, pine needles, and peppery, grassy herbs with a bright, medium-high bitterness. A final acknowledgment of all the hop flavors for the bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: For me, it came across as a dialed up version of the SNPA, but thatís just me. Overall, itís a solid, reasonably well-balanced IPA.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark gold, big rocky head that settles down into some nicely clinging lacing. Aroma is very hoppy, lots of citrus with a little pine. Lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting, not stick at all. Bitter aftertaste...a deadly session beer.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 Pours a clear light amber with a smallish head and no lacing. The aroma is medium sweet with citrus, pine, grassy and sweet grainy malt. The flavor is heavy piney fruity bitterness and caramel sweet malt. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel. The finish is dry and more bitter than initially. I had high hopes for this one based on what I had read but it doesnít live up to the hype.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper with a dense and persistent pale straw head. A bit of pine and toffee; a moderate amount of fruit and wood; and lots of herbs and earth in the nose and taste. Dry finish with lingering bitterness. Not the part of IPA spectrum Iím tuned into, but well made none the less. Tastes like they might have been dry-hopping it yesterday.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear, light, golden-amber pour with minimal head. Light hop aroma; somewhat piney and citrusy. More hops in the flavor. A nice bitterness that truly is well balanced by the malt. However, I donít get the "over-the-top" or "massive" hops. But, to be fair, I preceded this with a Surly Furious so that may have been a factor.
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nose of fresh cut foliage and light pine. appearance is clear copper. flavor is very assertive, quite bitter and backed up by a nice ABV. very substantial. palate is indeed quite dry, flavors drop off a cliff but bitterness lingers a bit. too many IPAs are sessionable but weak, this is the perfect median between those and the heavy duty IIPAs. very intelligent brew.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Aroma: Earthy
Appearance: Red & Gold
Overall Impression: Caramel sweetness with hoppy presence are prevelant.
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and honey colored with a cm of dense white head. Aroma is strong piney hops, which transition very smoothly into the taste. Sweet, malty, and firmly hopped all at once, but well balanced to the point of being unnaturally smooth. Some notes make me think of a candied lemon. $2.50/12oz